Portland restaurant memories needed

So, I’m writing a book about Portland’s lost restaurants, diners and bars. The book will cover mostly post WW2- Portland, mid-century, 1960s and 1970s.

I’d love to speak with you if you have memories of your favorite hangouts – and especially if you worked at a restaurant, lounge or bar.

Please send me an email at lostoregon@gmail.com and I will be in touch.




15 thoughts on “Portland restaurant memories needed

  1. Gary Reynolds March 22, 2012 / 1:26 pm

    I don’t know how many zillion hours i spent at The Carriage Room coffee shop and the Fish Grotto in the 70’s! Both were great places to hang out, particularly the Carriage Room, you could drink coffee for a loong time without being thrown out!
    Plus, you could actually smoke while you dawdled. Coffee was 50 cents a cup.
    Roberts Rod & Reel and the original Embers (not the bar portions) were also great hangouts. Roxies was a fantastic place in the 80’s!
    Ive long since moved from Puddletown, but I’ll always remember those times.

    • John March 15, 2015 / 6:47 pm

      Our Gram used to go after work to The Rod and Reel every night after work.

    • Steve Gramstad May 5, 2015 / 4:54 pm

      I’ll always remember John Adams…

    • r carlson May 14, 2016 / 3:10 pm

      Was roberts rod an reel over in the park blocks?

      Was talking with an ex college roommate about a place we used to go for a late night cup of coffee and a piece of pie. He didn’t remember it but I remembered the name roberts plus something else. It finally came a couple of days ago and I started a Google search.

      Always enjoyed our little walk down the park blocks and our refreshments.

  2. Patty Ben February 8, 2013 / 6:44 pm

    When I was a kid it was a special treat to go to The Carousel Restaurant. The red and white striped awning promised not just the most delicious chocolate milkshake in Portland, but an adventure. I felt like a little princess at The Carousel.

  3. Karen Tomblin May 9, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    I surfed into this site when I googled Leighton’s Cafe where my Grandfather worked as a cook when he joined the navy in 1944 Anyone know where it was located?

    • Al Donnelly February 10, 2018 / 1:49 pm

      Any specific reason for believing Leighton’s was located in Portland. The name is associated with Dairy Lunches and restaurants originating in San Francisco around c.1916. This was supported by Leighton Industries and may have expanded south to Los Angeles as well as east around Chicago. It was a progressive employee profit sharing operation at one time ( no need for Russian communist ideology then). This Mr. Leighton appears to have died in the 1950’s well after the dining services disappear from the record.

  4. nancymcd57 May 20, 2014 / 11:49 am

    Reblogged this on nancymcd57 and commented:
    I was born in Portland in 1957, and shortly there after my family moved to Tillamook, where my Father was a dentist..I lived there all my life, however we made many trips over the years to Portland to visit relatives..Some of the restaurants I remember as a child were “The Showboat” in Beaverton..”Saars”..in Portland, another was a great family restaurant near Lloyd Center can’t remember the name, but they had the best baked beans and would serve them at every order..Of course the Old Rose’s…was a favourite..Tom’s pancake house in Beaverton..(Hales now)but, Saars, was the one I remembered the most..I know it was across the street from the news building (channel 2?) not sure KGW? and it was always full of lunchtime news people..They had wonderful large pies, that were in a pie cabinette just as you walked in..great memories..I think the restaurant closed sometime in late 1960’s or early ’70s..I hope you can find pictures or any history of Saars..Thanks, and good luck on your book! Nancy

    • Phil December 16, 2016 / 11:31 am

      As a youth in late 50s and early 60s lived in Astoria and went to Portland once a month. My dad would stop at Saars for lunch and especially for their Pecan pie.
      Often hit Dan and Louis Oyster Bar.
      Good times.

  5. demitrakikes97216 May 6, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Lido/Monte Carlo had the best Italian food in the Portland metro area. Monte Carlo had a great lunch menu, but you couldn’t get ‘seconds’ unless you finished your ‘firsts’. I don’t see anyone mentioning Nick’s Coney Island on SE Hawthorne…lots of history there.

  6. Randy Alcorn November 4, 2015 / 2:28 am

    My wife grew up in Portland, I in Gresham, in the 50’s and 60’s. We were married in 1975, We lived in SE Portland before moving to Gresham, but there was a favorite Mexican restaurant we used to go to. We remember it as being on Swan Island, though perhaps it was North Portland on the way to Swan Island? We used to have a “burrito muy grande” and a tequila sunrise. But though we remember what we ate, for the life of us, we can’t remember the name of that restaurant! It was popular in the mid to late 70’s, not sure how long it lasted beyond then, but having looked through all the restaurant names in Portland today we’re pretty sure it no longer exists. Any idea what it might have been called?

  7. Hank Hazen November 6, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    The Bohemian; Berg’s Chalet; Crepe Faire; Theilies (sp); Yaws; The Carnival. I could go on forever.

  8. Ron December 6, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Don’t go on too too long Hank, people will think your old..

  9. Dalena prentice January 22, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    I dance at the carriage room Broadway and Salmon . Was good times good people.of I recreated could tell great stories.also Henry fords wonderful the best restraint

  10. SMMW March 12, 2019 / 5:39 am

    I was a waitress at Robert’s Rod N Reel late 1960’s early 1970’s.

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